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By ATWadmin On November 7th, 2008 at 6:45 pm

I read that Belfast’s Lord Mayor – Sinn Fein councillor Tom Hartley, has announced that he will NOT be taking part in the city’s Remembrance Day commemorations this weekend. Hartley will be away in the Republic on a series of engagements and so unable to show his respects to the fallen.

I have a few things to say.

1. It shows just how small-minded and stuck in the past republicans are. Let the world see them in their true colours.

2. If this is how he feels, I am delighted he is absent! After all, our brave military men and women gave their lives to protect us from fascist scum like the IRA and their proxies. His presence would pollute the occasion.


By ATWadmin On November 7th, 2008 at 6:35 pm

And so we come to the end of a memorable if challenging week, and I discover that recently discovered recordings by the great American singer Hank Williams are being released, after being rescued from a rubbish skip. The recordings date to 1951 and what I heard of them were sublime…the story is here.

So, in Hank Williams mode, I offer you up this and dedicate it to all the women of ATW!

British Obama Supporter Melt Down

By ATWadmin On November 7th, 2008 at 3:19 pm

It’s a well-known fact that the Florida sun brings out the “crazy” in people.  Just look at all of those innocent girls on Spring break –  “girls gone wild” –  pulling up their t-shirts for strangers.  Anyway, this British journalist dropped everything to hop on a plane to Miami in order to volunteer for the Obama campaign.  Here he is drunk in the airport telling his boss to f**k off, and admitting to plagiarizing the BBC.   Oh, those crazy Obama supporters! 


By ATWadmin On November 7th, 2008 at 9:27 am

Great to see that Britain can still lead the world…

“The UK is the cocaine, ecstasy and amphetamine capital of Europe, according to a report into the state of the drugs problem. A report by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) shows that, for the fifth year running, the UK has recorded the highest number of cocaine users in the EU.

The annual figures show that 7.7 per cent of Britons aged 15-64 have taken cocaine – rising to 11.2 per cent for the 15-24 age group and 12.7 per cent for the those aged between 15 and 34. In each category Spain is second (7 per cent, 8.7 per cent and 9.6 per cent respectively) and Ireland fourth (5.3 per cent, 7 per cent and 8.2 per cent). The UK is also top of the league table for ecstasy, with 7.3 per cent of 15 to 64-year-olds admitting taking the drug in their lifetime, while amphetamines have been tried by 11.9 per cent of Britons.”

Another success for this Labour administration and more reason to vote them in for a fourth term. After all, those % figures have a lot of space to go upwards if we are to keep this impressive lead. We dare not become complacent.


By ATWadmin On November 7th, 2008 at 9:17 am

Prior to the toxic Good Friday Agreement, the large sprawling lakeland county of Fermanagh had at least 13 police stations and a strong policing presence on the ground. It has now emerged that there will be only 3 police stations left remaining open once another four are shut down. Even Arlene Foster, the worse than useless MLA for the area, has declared that police presence on the ground is at an “embarrassing” level. Hang on a second Arlene, what have you DONE about this, exactly? Nothing and THAT is what is truly embarrassing. All you do is point out the bleeding obvious as the country is essentially stripped off necessary policing. Pathetic bleating from the DUP when it is in ALL reality, going along with this evisceration of the rule of law in Fermanagh.


By ATWadmin On November 7th, 2008 at 9:14 am

Did you read about the English council that could lose up to £50 million in the Icelandic banking crisis but which has spent £15,000 on a DVD to teach adults how to cross the road?

“The authority said it made the film to help pedestrians negotiate a section of road it has converted into “shared space”, where road signs and markings have been removed to force people to become more aware of each other.”

So, 6000 dvd’s on how to cross the road. Great. What next – how to breathe in and then out?

I would also point out that this is a CONSERVATIVE council!


By ATWadmin On November 7th, 2008 at 8:59 am

Political leadership is all about doing what you think is right and to hell with the opinion polls. However the British Conservative party has been driven by focus groups and opinion polls in the formulation and presentation of policy and has stated that under the next Conservative government there may be tax INCREASES. Today I read that the Labour government is contemplating tax DECREASES as a means of stimulation economic recovery from the recession we are ploughing into. How ironic.

David Cameron and wee Georgie Osbourne have been lily-livered in their approach to general taxation. It should be simple enough – you allow people to retain more of their income by cutting their taxes. It’s a central conservative principle and yet the Conservative Party has shied away from this because it is afraid that a/ Labour will simply steal its policy and b/ The media will demand to know where the funding is coming from and that raises the awful prospect of…gulp…reducing the size of the State. In socialist Britain, that is media death and so Cameron has tried to triangulate his way through it all. I do have some sympathy with him because the media is so implacably pro-Labour and pro-Big Government that the mildest suggestion he would CUT taxes will turn into a media blood bath suggesting he is going to sack teachersndoctorsnnurses. Now when Brown makes some sort of similar claim, he will be cheered on and lauded for his “wise” move. Hard to win in the media if you are a conservative!


By ATWadmin On November 7th, 2008 at 8:48 am

Well, the news is in and the good people of Fife have chosen the Labour candidate in the by-election held yesterday. Confounding the commentariat, including me, Labour has won with a comfortable majority of more than 6500 votes over the SNP!

A few comments and questions.

1. Great to see SNP leader and Mr Toad look-a-like Alex Salmond see his independence for Scotland dreams crushed by the recession! Wonder if Alex still wants to hold that poll on Independence??

2. Amusing to see Labour present itself as the party of opposition – even though it is the governing party of the UK! Once again the folly of devolution is apparent. 

3. The “Brown Bounce” is now fully underway – inexplicable to any logical person but evident all the same. Who said the electorate are rational?

Could Labour, under Brown, actually WIN a general election in 2010?The prospect must seem more likely!

All in all, it’s been a great week for socialists – as the global electorate demonstrate that in a storm, they huddle under the umbrella that offers the greatest apparent security, even if it is full of holes.


By ATWadmin On November 6th, 2008 at 10:04 pm

British Prime Minister and unofficial leader of the financial universe (according to the gutless British media) Gordon Brown has stated that Britain is best placed to weather the economic recession. Got it?

Today the International Monetary Fund has slashed its growth forecast for the UK by more than any other major country in the world, as it warned that the UK is heading into recession.

Wonder which one is lying?


By ATWadmin On November 6th, 2008 at 9:42 pm

As the political elite and their scientific courtiers chase the chimera of man-made global warming, here are some choice words...

“When the history of the early 21st century is written, it may be the financial health of the global economy was rescued by a new currency, carbon. This new asset class, fungible and tradeable, reinflated the balance sheets of governments and international financial institutions alike, and pulled humanity back from the brink of a worldwide depression. That is the hopeful scenario, and not one to be lightly dismissed.

The other outcome that may be our legacy, however, will be that just when technology and capitalism were about to deliver prosperity and security to an unprecedented number of people everywhere, and just at the time when what our financial systems needed was to embark on new investment in cost-effective energy and water infrastructure, we instead committed the wealth of humanity to deploying immature energy technologies, and arcaneprojects of no use and stupefying expense- such as blasting CO2 gas into underground caverns.

In either case, what historians will definitely wonderabout in future centuries is howdeeply flawed logic,obscured byshrewd and unrelenting propaganda,actually enabled a coalition of powerful special interests to convince nearly everyone in the world that CO2 from human industry was a dangerous, planet destroying toxin. It will be remembered as the greatest mass delusion in the history of the world – that CO2, the life of plants, was considered for a time to be a deadly poison.

In this recently presented paper by Dr. Richard Lindzen, published here in its entirety, he describes the origins of global warming alarm, the politicalagenda of the alarmists, their intimidation tactics, and the reasons for their success. Also, in painstaking detail,he debunks their key scientific claims and counterclaims.”

Go here to read the rest…